Parmesan Chicken Tenders & Onion Dip

I made Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Onion Dip several times when we lived in Pennsylvania and I recently  came across the recipe in my email.  I remembered how much my family loved this meal and since I hadn’t made it in awhile, we had them last week.  My daughter and I really love the tenders in the onion dip, while my husband and son enjoy them with ketchup, so you have options on how to eat the chicken tenders. This delicious meal is easy to make and is kid friendly.  I have always made it for dinner, but Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Onion Dip would make a yummy appetizer as well.  I don’t know of any children (or adults) who don’t like chicken nuggets, so give them a try and let us know what you think!

Parmesan Chicken Tenders & Onion Dip
Parmesan Chicken Tenders in Onion Dip is simple to make and is a delicious family dinner or yummy appetizer!
Recipe type: Appetizer or Entree
  • 1½ lbs chicken tenders (I used 3 big chicken breasts and sliced them thin and into tenders)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • butter
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl
  2. Beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water in another shallow bowl
  3. Combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan in another shallow bowl
  4. Dredge the chicken tenders on both sides in the flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and roll in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly to coat
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan and cook the chicken tenders on medium-low heat for about 3 minutes on each side, until just cooked through (don't crowd the pan)
  6. Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken tenders
  7. You can keep the chicken tenders warm for about 15 minutes on a baking sheet in a preheated 200 degree oven
  8. Serve with Onion Dip.
  9. Onion Dip directions:.
  10. Cut the onions in half and then slice them into ⅛-inch thick half-rounds (you will have about 3 cups of onions)
  11. Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat
  12. Add the onions, cayenne, beef bouillon cubes, and pepper
  13. Sauté for 10 minutes (smash the bouillon cubes and mix the granules with the onions)
  14. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized
  15. Allow the onions to cool
  16. Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth
  17. Add the onions and mix well
  18. Serve at room temperature as a dip with the Parmesan Chicken Tenders

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